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Healthy over 60: Knee, hip replacement surgery skyrockets

-dc5b2907761b6131Need a knee or hip replacement? Get in line. Knee replacements nearly doubled across the country between 2000 and 2010 to almost 720,000 operations, and hip replacements rose even more to 330,000 procedures, according to the latest statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Oregon, that translates to about 3,000 operations a year at Providence Health & Services, 2,500 at Legacy Health, 1,800 at Kaiser Permanente and 1,000  at Oregon Health & Science University. That upward trend is expected to continue with the graying of the population and both men and women going under the knife.

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